FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 7

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Chester Pruitt, CPRP We will continue to engage and educate both our membership and the communities we serve about the "four pillars" that have been established for the FRPA Strategic Plan: Health and Wellness, Community Building, Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development. Let me start with a big thank-you to each of you for your support and words of encouragement as I embark on my term as president of the Florida Recreation and Park Association. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you, and I pledge to strive for excellence, enthusiasm and integrity in the coming year. I owe a great debt of gratitude to the executive office staff and Past President Jack Kardys, as well as his board of directors, our exhibitors, and the countless volunteers throughout the state, all of whom went above and beyond the call of duty to make the past year a good one. I would also like to recognize all the hard work that went into the planning, development, and implementation of the 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show: Reflect. Renew. Revive. Under the leadership of T. Michael Stavres and the entire Conference Committee, the event was a resounding success. With all the excellent educational sessions and networking opportunities available at the conference, I am confident that you were inspired to reflect on our past achievements, even as you were able to renew and revive yourself for our future challenges. Our goals for the coming year are threefold and emphasize continuity and progress: 1. We will continue to engage and educate both our membership and the communities we serve about the "four pillars" that have been established for the FRPA Strategic Plan: Health and Wellness, Community Building, Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development. After last year's theme of addressing our state's health challenges, our focus for 2016-17 will be on leadership through civic engagement and participation in the development of the public realm to encourage and support responsible community building. We look forward to partnering with local and state chambers of commerce, realtors, planners, engineers, developers and other service organizations to create an ongoing dialogue that demonstrates the importance of parks and recreation. 2. Additionally, we will continue to provide a roster of educational workshops throughout the state that will be convenient, affordable and stimulating. Each of these sessions will offer participants a valuable chance to further their learning and to network with fellow professionals. 3. Finally, we will continue to recruit new members and to encourage current members to become more involved with the association through volunteering. That's a tall order, but I have no doubt that together we can realize these goals and much, much more. Let's look at 2016-17 as a year of great opportunities for the Florida Recreation and Park Association. I hope you're as excited about the possibilities as I am. ■ fall 2016 | frpa journal 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FRPA Journal - Fall 2016

A Message from the President of FRPA
A Message from the Executive Director of FRPA
Parks and Recreation: What is the Real Value in What We Do?
FRPA Agency Profile
Book Review
Economic Impact of the Underline
Urban Forest Management – The City of Tampa’s Story
The Importance of Structural Pruning of Hardwood Trees
A City’s Rebirth through Park Improvements
“Thank You for My New Bicycle”
Florida’s Emerging Trail Towns
New Urbanism… What’s It All About?
Index of Advertisers
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A Message from the President of FRPA
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A Message from the Executive Director of FRPA
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Parks and Recreation: What is the Real Value in What We Do?
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - FRPA Agency Profile
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Book Review
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Economic Impact of the Underline
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Urban Forest Management – The City of Tampa’s Story
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - The Importance of Structural Pruning of Hardwood Trees
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 19
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A City’s Rebirth through Park Improvements
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 21
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - “Thank You for My New Bicycle”
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 23
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Florida’s Emerging Trail Towns
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - New Urbanism… What’s It All About?
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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